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adults and families learning to quahog
Adults and families learn how to quahog during a Bay Adventure with the Coalition.

It's your Bay, so get outside and enjoy it! The Buzzards Bay Coalition offers unique, exciting outings for adults and families all year long as part of our commitment to connect communities with the outdoors. Our Bay Adventures get you outside to explore the Bay we all love.

Upcoming Bay Adventures

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Family Exploration Vacation

Monday, Dec. 29 and Tuesday, Dec. 30 • 10-11am

an educator shows a family a tiny creature
Learn about the creatures that stick around during winter on these free family explorations.

Join the Coalition for a series of two free exploration programs during the holiday vacation to discover creatures that live in our region during the colder winter months. At LaPalme Farm, we’ll search for critters that have sought shelter in the warmth of the woods and participate in a photo scavenger hunt. At Fort Phoenix, we’ll explore the seashore on a seashell hunt and create beach art with our findings.

Dates and Locations

Stories in the Snow

Saturdays in January and February

snow at the Bogs
Take a snowy storybook walk with your family at The Bogs and Minot Forest this winter.

Each Saturday in January and February, you can take a storybook walk with your family at a local conservation areas. The Coalition and the Wareham Land Trust will set up a new story each weekend that embraces the beauty of winter. Visit one of these places anytime between dawn and dusk to go on a self-guided family adventure.

Location

Cost

Free

Glacial Moraine Hike

Sunday, Jan. 11 • 10am-12pm

hikers along the glacial moraine
Take a guided morning hike along Falmouth's Moraine Trail at Long Pond. (Image: The 300 Committee)

Join us for a guided hike along the central section of the Moraine Trail, winding along the spine of the glacial moraine that stretches from Bourne to Woods Hole. Grab your winter gear and learn about this unique area on this 3.5-mile hike along the slopes of Long Pond, a kettle hole formed along the edge of the glacial moraine.

Location

Moraine Trail (Central Section) at Long Pond in Falmouth (meet at Goodwill Park)

Cost

Free

Stargazing Walk

Friday, Jan. 16 • 7-8pm

starry night sky
Discover the stunning night sky at the Mattapoisett River Reserve. (Image: Mike Lewinski/Flickr)

Join the Coalition and Bristol Community College Professor Stephan Martin for a stargazing walk at the Mattapoisett River Reserve to enjoy the stunning winter sky. Far away from the city lights, this 300+ acre preserve offers visitors trails and a dark, expansive sky to view the stars.

Location

The Bogs (137 Acushnet Rd., Mattapoisett)

Cost

Free

Seal and Seabird Watch

seals resting on a rock in the water
Take a heated boat ride around Woods Hole to view seals and seabirds on the water.

Join the Coalition for a heated boat tour to look for harbor seals and winter seabirds on Woods Hole. Begin at the Buzzards Bay Discovery Center, where guests will learn about harbor seals and their life in Buzzards Bay and beyond. Then board the M/V Richard Edwards to search for these playful mammals on the water. Binoculars provided.

Location

Buzzards Bay Discovery Center (21 Luscombe Avenue, Woods Hole)

Dates and Times

  • Saturday, Jan. 17 • 11am-1pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 31 • 12-2pm
  • Saturday, Feb. 14 • 10am-12pm
  • Saturday, Feb. 28 • 12-2pm

Cost

  • Members: $20
  • Nonmembers: $30
  • Children under 12: $15

Family Exploration Vacation

Feb. 17, 18, and 19 • 10-11am

an educator shows a family a tiny creature
Learn about the creatures that stick around during winter on these free family explorations.

Join the Coalition and the Wareham Land Trust for a series of three free exploration programs during February vacation to discover creatures that live in our region during the colder winter months. At Westgate Conservation Area and Bourne Sisters Woodland, we’ll search for critters that have sought shelter in the warmth of the woods and participate in a photo scavenger hunt. At Onset Beach, we’ll explore the seashore on a seashell hunt and create beach art with our findings.

Dates and Locations

Winter Nature Photography Walk

Saturday, Feb. 21 • 3-4:30pm

woods in the winter
Take a winter walk through the woods during this free nature photography walk in Dartmouth.

Join the Coalition and the Whaling City Camera Club for a nature photography walk at the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust’s (DNRT) Destruction Brook Woods. We will explore the forested trails and rock ledges that surround Destruction Brook to find beautiful winter scenes to capture in photographs.

Location

DNRT Destruction Brook Woods (meet at parking area at 201 Slades Corner Rd., Dartmouth)

Cost

Free